Ghetto Beach – Ocho Rios

This place isn’t really called “ghetto beach” but I’m not sure it has a name. I’d never been here before and a friend of mine referred to it as such, so the name stuck. This little hideaway is located right outside Ocho Rios, off the main highway across from Mystic Mountain. The hike down the hillside to the water wasn’t super easy to do, and getting back up was worse LOL. But it was a true little hidden treasure.

Waterfalls at Ghetto beach

Waterfalls at Ghetto beach

The hike down was through some thick trees which just made excellent photo opportunities. This is looking through the trees out onto the ocean.

through trees

There really isn’t much of a “beach” down here, just a small patch of free space to sit and enjoy. But we brought our own snacks and some overproof rum and cranberry juice. Anything is better with rum! Us girls mostly enjoyed the water while the guys chilled on the sand.

looking up beach

Interestingly enough there was a little cook shop down here! Some rasta had a little shack and was cooking up and selling fish. The boys visited with the locals by the shack and had some of the fish while we swam. Here’s a picture of the cook shop from one side. I should have taken a picture of it, but off to the left in those trees there was a hammock hanging over the water. It was awesome.

shop at beach

This next picture shows how close this little spot is to Ocho Rios. That cruise ship dock is right at Ochi.

cruise ship

We spent a couple hours enjoying our rum and cheesebuns. The weather was cool this day and the water was refreshing. A couple of the boys enjoyed the waterfalls and there were a few other locals having a nice time down here. Not super eventful but exceptionally pretty!

boy at ghetto beach


  • Shaniek says:

    Its a very fun place i HIGHLY reccomend it. The locals call it CARWASH because a car wash was once at that location.

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  • JC says:

    I’m assuming you mean the carwash was on the roadside at this beach right? LOL cuz it was quite the foot hike getting down to the actual beach. 🙂

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  • Alexandra says:

    I think they call this beach ONE LOVE BEACH 🙂

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  • MariannaF says:

    ive heard of “ghetto beach” as well through a local who hangs out there… didnt have the chance to check it out…just yet! so thanks for sharing the pics in the meantime 🙂

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  • Jordan says:

    I’d love to know where to find this place!
    We’re stayin in Ocho Rios ourselves and would really enjoy spending a few hours here! If you could give me an adress or just directions that would be amazing! I hope you can help us!

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  • Kristi says:

    Jordan I think this is what they call Reggae beach now. It’s off the side of the main highway into Ocho Rios. Ask some locals and they can tell you exactly how to get there.

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  • karlenewilliamson says:

    what’s the cost to get in James Bond Beach now.
    tnk u

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  • Kristi says:

    The last time I was there it was $350 jmd. That was a few years ago though.

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  • marvin says:

    does James bond beach has a falls

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  • Kristi says:

    No Marvin, not that I know of.

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